BERICAP acquires aluminium closures company Mala


BERICAP, global manufacturer of plastic closures, has taken over Mala Verschluss-Systeme GmbH, thereby extending its product portfolio to include aluminium closures.

Mala is a family-owned company based in Bad Liebenstein, Thuringia, Germany. In 2020 it generated annual revenue of 40 million euros from the production and sale of aluminium screw cap closures for spirits, wine, non-alcoholic beverages and edible oil.

BERICAP focuses on the production and sale of plastic closures for the food, beverage and chemical industries and Mala specialises in aluminium roll on pilfer proof (ROPP) and long cap closures for the wine and spirits market. It is hoped that powerful synergies will be created as a result, delivering benefits to both companies. Mala gains access to new markets and BERICAP’s product portfolio is extended to include aluminium closures. The acquisition will allow BERICAP to continue on its growth trajectory and, with Mala on board, it has the opportunity to open up new market segments and to develop innovative closure technologies combining plastic and aluminium.

Completion of the product range

Mala has over 200 employees at its sites in Bad Liebenstein and Schmalkalden-Wernshausen and markets its closures globally. Christian Krautkrämer, managing director at BERICAP, said: “The extension of our product range to include Mala’s aluminium roll-on caps enables us to tailor our solutions even more precisely to the needs and requirements of our customers. The acquisition has allowed us to complete our already comprehensive range of closures for PET and glass bottles.”

Now BERICAP is able to offer alternatives in aluminium, in addition to the established range of plastic closures, for edible oil, vinegar and mineral water. Spirits manufacturers can now benefit from the company’s new single-source supplier set-up covering all their needs, from simple ROPP aluminium closures to multi-stage highly safety closures. Production of aluminium closures for wine can also be ramped up thanks to the global BERICAP production network.

“Mala’s design capabilities and specialized production equipment for aluminium closure finishing and decoration are impressive. The company offers exceptional flexibility in customer projects with its own in-house pad printing, side offset printing and hot foil embossing technology. Together we can leverage our full potential and grow our business footprint in expanding markets,” added Krautkrämer.

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